KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As the trade deadline approaches, it’s fair to wonder how many starts Matthew Boyd has left in a Detroit Tigers uniform.
Though it’s entirely likely Boyd will stay with the team past the July 31 trade deadline — the Tigers’ asking price for Boyd fairly represents his value as a cost-controlled left-hander — there remains a chance that a contending team will offer the necessary prospects to nab Boyd.
With multiple talent evaluators in attendance, Boyd did nothing to lessen his trade interest. In fact, with his third consecutive double-digit strikeout performance, Boyd likely only upped the interest.
♦ Box score
Boyd pitched well, but wasn’t able to beat Kansas City on Saturday evening. Dominant through four innings, he allowed a pair of RBI singles in the bottom of the fifth inning and a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth. It was just a bit too much; the Tigers (28-59) recorded just four hits and lost, 4-1, to the Royals (32-61) at Kauffman Stadium.
Boyd pitched seven innings, allowing four runs on six hits. He walked four batters, though, and three of those four walks came around to score.
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In the loss, Boyd tied the Tigers’ franchise record with three consecutive starts of 10 or more strikeouts. The other Tigers to do it (according to Baseball-Reference.com): Justin Verlander, Mickey Lolich (twice), Denny McLain and Hal Newhouser.
The Tigers couldn’t get any offense going against Royals righty Brad Keller. Harold Castro’s two-out RBI triple in the second inning drove in their only run.
He will rue the walks he issued, because they were the difference. Boyd was nearly unhittable for four innings — he struck out seven and allowed just one hit in that span — before the Royals adjusted in the fifth. They stopped offering at his sweeping slider, preferring to jump early in the counton his fastballs. Boyd’s pitches were fine, as evidenced by the 10 strikeouts. He induced plenty of swings-and-misses, but wasn’t good enough to win.
Keller had his way with the Tigers’ offense, allowing just four hits. Two came in the second inning, when Brandon Dixon singled and Castro tripled. Other than that, little happened. The Tigers couldn’t even draw a walk. The two other hits — back-to-back singles by John Hicks and Jordy Mercer — came with two outs in the eighth inning. After a solid showing on Friday, it was another disappearing act by the Tigers’ offense on Saturday.
Joe Jimenez pitched a scoreless eighth inning but allowed two hits. Jimenez needs to pitch strong early after the All-Star break if the Tigers are going to move him at the trade deadline. (Though that doesn’t appear to be a priority.) Teams are interested in Jimenez, though — among them, the Rays, who had a scout in attendance, according to MLB.com’s Jason Beck — and clean outings could improve his value. He escaped damage by inducing an inning-ending double play.
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Published at Sun, 14 Jul 2019 01:54:48 +0000